Mockingbird (Draw-a-Bird Day)

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Reflected under moon and sun
the dazzled flashing white of wing
listen begin respond repeat

Kaleidoscope of gaudy song
painting air chimerical rhyme
listen begin respond repeat

A feathered choir of rhapsody
the notes repatterned endlessly
listen begin respond repeat

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Mockingbirds were everywhere at the beach.  Flashes of white wings flying and constant serenades.  Evidently nesting season produces even more singing than usual, both night and day (mockingbirds are one of the few species that also sings while flying and at night).  Excellent mimics, they have been known to incorporate up to 200 different bird songs in their repertoire.

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They also like to stand and open their wings, although the meaning of this behavior has not been determined.

Mockingbird feathers may not be the most colorful, but the sounds they produce certainly are.  According to Native American legend, they were the creatures that taught people to speak.  So now you know who to blame!

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64 responses to “Mockingbird (Draw-a-Bird Day)”

  1. Jodi says :

    Oh kerfe! These are stunnnning! Absolutely beautiful!

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    I love everything about this post–beautiful poem (I especially love the last stanza), drawings, and legends, too! This seems to be a good year for mockingbirds, and they do sing here morning and evening. I think a nest I discovered on our butterfly bush might be a mockingbird nest.

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  3. Judith says :

    So beautiful! And what an interesting post. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  4. M.R. Emberson says :

    Beautiful sketch, paintings, and poem of our “American Nightingale.” 😉

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  5. REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate says :

    Lovely examples of the mocking bird


  6. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Majestic birds! They are little chatterboxes lol. Terrific artwork and verse, Kerfe. A symphony of color and letters!


  7. Sharon Mann says :

    I have mockingbirds living in my backyard and they rule. They hardly let me come out without dive bombing and squawking at me. Your painting and poem today is superb, Kerfe, thank you for sharing.

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  8. Sand Salt Moon says :

    I wonder if we have these birds in FL? Well, they are marvelous – stupendous! xo Love your paintings xo, Kerfe!!!

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  9. Carol says :

    Hi Kerfe: We were at Topsail Beach in NC last week and enjoyed watching the mocking birds show off their wings. Then as they flew off their wings were even more striking. Beautiful likenesses! Which beach did you visit?

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  10. memadtwo says :

    We have a lot of these birds–many nesting in my “Fat Albert” Christmas tree planted on my lawn in around 1992. They are real characters, imitating sounds and pretty fearless. I really love this work of yours today! Catches that flash of white feathers beautifully. N.


  11. Susan Feniak says :

    As always, beautifully presented Kerfe.

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  12. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    I love the song of your poem, the refrain, “the notes repatterned endlessly”

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  13. Teresa Robeson says :

    What beautiful pieces of art! What are the media you used? I love their mimicry. 🙂

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  14. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your poem really spoke to me today, Kerfe. You are so creative with words and a paintbrush – your Mockingbirds sing!

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  15. Catherine Johnson says :

    Beautiful! I love seeing bird art with the wings out.

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  16. phoartetry says :

    A fabulous post in art and verse.


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  17. outsideauthority says :

    Great pictures!


  18. tedgiffin says :

    I want to keep a look-out for these birds. I think that they could be my friends.

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  19. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    A fabulous collection of mockingbirds!! These are wonderful! Love the last one in particular. And yeah…next time someone says something they shouldn’t, I’ll just blame it on this bird! Hehe

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  20. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Beautiful paintings, Kerfe. The flashes of white are certainly attention grabbing and joyful. I saw Mockingbirds in Arizona but didn’t hear them singing at night or opening their wings while standing. Lucky you! Glad I got to read your story though. 🙂

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  21. circadianreflections says :

    All are beautiful but I think I like the drawing best. We have a resident Mockingbird that likes to sing his afternoon song on top of the telephone which sits in one corner of our backyard. Sometimes he/she mimics a car alarm.

    I think we’ve got a fledgling of his/hers too. I took a few images of it, and they’re hanging out together. The tail was quite short the first day I saw the little one, but now it’s long and it’s grown up!

    The poem is lovely!

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  22. kestrelart says :

    Great drawings.


  23. teproleum says :

    Very nice! I love birds, too, but mockingbirds aren’t very common here in the Philippines. All we have are doves (lots of it!), and mayas (a type of sparrow, I believe).

    Great poem, too. You just inspired me to draw/paint birds again. Thank you!

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  24. dunelight says :

    These are quite lovely, are these also called ‘catbirds’? I’ve had them follow me in my gardens.

    I am sorry to be so late in returning your visit. It is high sailing season and I am always behind on blogs.

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